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Removing Screen-Time Limiting Apps, Apple Defends its Decision

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls.

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Meanwhile, the iPhone-maker is planning to upgrade the camera resolution and set-up in its 2019 line-up. Pixabay

Apple has defended its decision to remove third-party screen-limiting apps that helped people fight iPhone addiction, saying these apps put users’ privacy and security at risk.

Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

In a blog post on late Sunday, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said the use of mobile device management (MDM) technologies in the removed parental control apps could have leaked users’ location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history to a third party.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said. Pixabay

“MDM does have legitimate uses, but it is incredibly riskya — and a clear violation of App Store policies — for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device,” the iPhone-maker wrote.

Research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes.

“Parents shouldn’t have to trade their fears of their children’s device usage for risks to privacy and security, and the App Store should not be a platform to force this choice.

“No one, except you, should have unrestricted access to manage your child’s device,” said Apple.

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Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps. Pixabay

Earlier in December, Apple had started warning developers developing third-party screen-time trackers and parental control apps because they were suspected to have been violating App Store guidelines and misusing background location mode for purposes other than location-related features.

“When we found out about these guideline violations, we communicated these violations to the app developers, giving them 30 days to submit an updated app.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said.

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls. (IANS)

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Tweets Indicate Nicotine Addiction, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users

Many news stories have reported that people are using JUUL and experiencing what sound like acute effects of nicotine exposure and symptoms

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The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reveals that one out of every five tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes. Pixabay

As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, researchers took a unique approach to analysing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention of nicotine effects, symptoms of dependence and withdrawal in regards to its use.

The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reveals that one out of every five tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes.

“Many news stories have reported that people are using JUUL and experiencing what sound like acute effects of nicotine exposure and symptoms of dependence,” said study lead author Jaime Sidani from University of Pittsburgh.

“We turned to Twitter to gather real-time data on what people are sharing about their JUUL use,” Sidani said.

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As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, researchers took a unique approach to analysing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention. Pixabay

To complete the study, the research team created search filters within Twitter’s Filtered Streams interface to collect data on all available tweets matching the terms “juul,” “juuls” and “juuling,” as well as their hashtag equivalents between April 11, 2018, and June 16, 2018.

After additional narrowing of search results by implementing specific keywords, excluding commercial content and ensuring the tweets were in first-person context, a final data set of 1,986 tweets remained for final analysis by two independent coders.

Of these tweets, 21.1 per cent were coded as being related to dependence (335 tweets), nicotine effects (189 tweets), quitting JUUL or withdrawal or both (42 tweets).

According to the researchers, these findings are not surprising when considering the powerful dose of nicotine that JUUL provides.

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In addition, JUUL uses a nicotine salt formula, which is designed to increase the rate of absorption and create a more palatable vapor, making JUUL a more appealing option compared to other modes of nicotine delivery. (IANS)